Watery fun is the theme at this seaside soiree, whether you have access to a pool or not. You'll make some waves with clever fishing-themed games and decorations.
Use scraps of paper and yarn to craft invites like this friendly fish card.
Trace fish template onto fabric, cut out, and adhere to card stock using glue stick. Trace around the fish outline with craft glue. Cover glue outline with yarn. Cut small felt circles for eyes, and glue to fish. Stamp text under fish, and cut wave shape at top of card with scissors. Write party details on back of card. Mail in standard-size envelope. Ask the post office to hand-cancel.
Yarn from Coats and Clark; call 800-648-1479 for stores. Felt from Kunin; call 800-292-7900. All Night Media Large Primary Alphabet stamp ($15 per set), from Plaid; call 800-842-4197 for information.
Wrap ribbon in alternating colors around bamboo reed, gluing ends to secure. Cut piece of yarn approximately three feet in length; attach one end to the pole and the other end to S hook.
Yarn from Coats and Clark; call 800-648-1479 for stores.
Every guest comes up a winner when they cast a line for our treat-filled party cups. Continue the underwater theme with chains of paper fish.
Trace Stencils of fish and plants onto back of Con-Tact paper. Cut out shapes and adhere to paper cups as desired. To make handles, punch hole in each side of cup. Loop chenille stem through holes, securing ends by folding chenille stem up and twisting onto itself. Wrap ribbon around chenille stem to cover, leaving ends loose. Tie ends to handle with a small piece of ribbon. Trim as needed. Fill with crinkle paper.
Con-Tact paper from Decora; call 440-353-6410 for information.
"Turn your living room into an ocean and invite your guests to dress as sea creatures. Decorations are simple: Attach green netting with intertwined seashore objects (pails, sea horses, shells, and plastic shellfish) to the ceiling. The kids can decorate sea creature cut-outs with glitter and paint, and food is a snap with spinach spaghetti posing as seaweed and blue Jell-O as the ocean!" --Jill
Decorate a blue tablecloth with little plastic fish and construction paper fish. Each cup can have a straw that doubles as a fishing pole, with fishing wire and a lure on it.
Cover the table with brown paper to look like sand and top with some seashells. You can even create a sand castle centerpiece out of cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls.
A pail with a twig fishing pole made from stick or string, gummy worms and a few chocolate fish can all be wrapped together in cellophane, tissue paper, or wax paper and tied with a ribbon.
Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the April 2002 issue of Parents magazine.